Chicken coop

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Project by MrMe posted 06-01-2014 05:39 PM 1602 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I finished a couple of years ago. I thought it might be helpful for those just starting out with chickens. I used pictures from a few different coop designs and chose aspects that I liked and wanted. I just used 2×4s for framing and cedar siding to enclose. I avoided treated lumber as I wasn’t sure how it would impact on the chickens. I used 3/4 inch plywood for the flooring but covered with a sheet of plastic to make clean-out easier. The roost is just held in place with pins so it can be tilted up and held with a bungee cord while cleaning out the coop. The bump out on the side is whee the hens lay the eggs. It has a tilt up roof to give access to the eggs from the outside. Last bit not least is a sliding door on the back of the coop to let them out to the chicken run. The chicken run is posted separately. This coop has held up well over several years. The only repairs made were to restore some boards to the door that some unknown predator ripped off.

-- I thought I wanted a job - turns out I just wanted a paycheck.

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#1 posted 06-01-2014 10:02 PM

Nice build on the chicken house.

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#2 posted 06-01-2014 10:47 PM

Jeff, did you know that is where Honeywell started?
One of their first products was a thermostat for keeping chickens at a “comfortable” temperature.
Do you have a thermostat is your coop?

Any chicken would be proud to call that home! Nice project, thanks for sharing it!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#3 posted 06-02-2014 01:55 AM

Nice looking coop, the girls(chickens) probably love it. I like the style of the building.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 06-02-2014 04:05 AM

I did add in an outlet that I could hook up a water heater to so their water didn’t freeze. As long as the hens aren’t in a draft, they usually don’t need a heater.

-- I thought I wanted a job - turns out I just wanted a paycheck.

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